Fourth-year pharmacy students Jennah Badger and Gabriella Salerno were recently featured in the newsletter of the Special Interest Group on the History of Pharmacy (SIG) of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The article, focusing on the life and work of Polish pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewicz, was written for the optional student-directed study course with the assistance of Dr. Robert Cisneros.
The article received national recognition by the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (AIHP). Badger and Salerno received the award AIHP student recognition certificate for their “carrying out of historical studies or activities”.
Pankiewicz was a Polish Catholic pharmacist who practiced in the Krakow ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. He and his team of three assistants risked their lives to help Polish Jews during World War II, providing hiding places and offering support as well as medicine. Years later, Pankiewics received Israel’s “Righteous Among the Nations Award”, the same honor bestowed on Oskar Schindler.
Cisneros, the student advisor and member of SIG, remembered Pankiewicz’s story when he came across an invitation to submit student papers for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s History SIG newsletter. . invited articles for its newsletter and encouraged student participation.
“Gabby and Jennah had been in my classes and volunteered to help write the article,” Cisneros said. “They did the hard work for the article – the credit goes to them.”
The students and their professor met a few times towards the end of 2019 and communicated via email, then submitted the article in spring 2020. It was reviewed and published towards the end of 2020.
“Campbell has many amazing faculty members, but Dr. C is known to go above and beyond his expectations for his students,” said Meredith Blalock, CPHS Director of Communications and Marketing.
Photo credit: The Righteous Among the Nations, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem